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Your wedding is all about showing off your personal style and creating one heck of a party. There’s no easier way to make a style statement than with your wedding choices. After all, they’re one of the first things guests will notice.
Having trouble picking your flowers from the thousands of varieties available? Check out our roundup of favorite wedding blossoms to help you decide. At Team Wedding we have tons of inspiring pictures of wedding flowers, centerpieces and bouquets to guide you on your flower journey.
Choosing wedding flowers that fit your style and petals that match your color palette isn’t always easy — especially if you don’t know a dahlia from a daisy. At Team Wedding we’re focused on giving you the ultimate guide to wedding flowers. Everything you need to know about the most popular wedding flowers (cost, season, meanings, and color choices), plus hundreds of photos of each bloom in bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres from real weddings. We also have lots of great advice and inspiration with our ongoing wedding flower blog posts.
You may have a wedding theme chosen and looked at hundreds of wedding flower pictures, but have you decided on each flower arrangement? You want your wedding flowers to be beautiful and have a cohesive theme. Here's your guide to the flower arrangements you need to be specifically thinking about.
One of the key pieces of advice to listen to when it comes to wedding flowers is making sure to shop for the season and think locally. At Team Wedding we tell all the brides we know to focus on their wedding season and think about which flowers are going to be freshest and available locally. That maximizes the chance that your flowers will be fabulous.
Flowers are as common in a wedding as a white dress. For centuries, flowers have been used in bridal bouquets, as centerpieces on the tables and to decorate churches and reception halls. The beauty in their colors, shapes and textures as well as their fragrance and what certain flowers represent make them the perfect accompaniment to every style of wedding. Whether you consider yourself an authority on flowers, an admirer or completely clueless, you can pull off a fabulous floral design for your wedding.
Some preliminary decisions to make:
Color – this is the difficult part for some. Even if you have a color scheme chosen for your wedding, sometimes it’s tough to narrow down how you want to accent that theme. Think about whether you want the flowers to draw attention and be a focal point or if you want them to blend with the overall style and not take attention away from other elements in the décor.
Shape – for centerpieces, consider the height; a low floral centerpiece or a tall one will allow guests to see one another across the table. For bouquets popular shapes include round, cascade and hand-tied. Round bouquets and nosegays are common and more formal. Cascading bouquets are romantic and dramatic while hand-tied bouquets have a natural, simple look.
Quantity – try to figure out how many of each type of arrangement you’ll need. How many centerpieces, bridesmaids’ bouquets, pew flowers, standing arrangements, hanging arrangements, boutonnieres and corsages.
Budget – your florist will need to know what he or she has to work with. Once you have a budget established, you’ll be able to determine how lavish your arrangements can be or where you might need to cut corners.
When interviewing florists, you’ll want to ask them questions that cover their background and experience, their artistic vision and their operations. Here are just a few sample interview questions:
It’s always a good idea to view a florist’s portfolio. And if they have references, that’s even better. If you have the opportunity to speak with past clients, you can ask them questions like whether or not their florist was punctual and a good problem solver and whether or not they would recommend their florist to others.
|Spring Amaryllis Chrysanthemum Lilac Apple blossom Daffodil Lily Azalea Daisy Orchid Bluebell Freesia Camellia Primrose Carnation Heather Rhododendron Cherry Blossom Honeysuckle Clematis Iris Tulip Crocus Jasmine Dogwood Hyacinth||Summer Aster Marigold Azalea Orchid Carnation Heather Peony Cornflower Iris Rose Chrysanthemum Jasmine Rhododendron Delphinium Larkspur Daisy Lilac Sweat pea Freesia Lily-of-the-valley Fuchsia Lupin Tiger Lily Gardenia||Autumn Chrysanthemum Daisy Hydrangea Morning Glory Dahlia Iris Orchid Freesia Lily Rose Sunflower||Winter Carnation Rose Chrysanthemum Holly Berries Freesia Iris Snowdrop Forsythia Lily Winter Jasmine Orchid Amaryllis Amazon Lily Calla Lily Camellia Geranium Hyacinth|
It’s OK to be clueless… Your wedding flowers will set the tone for the look of your wedding. Be it opulent, simple, dramatic or understated. If you’re not ready to take the reigns on floral design, put some extra effort into finding the right florist. It will make all the difference. Your florist will come with all the expertise so you can focus on the rest of your wedding plans. And someone who understands your vision and has lots of fresh ideas will help you bring your wedding flowers to life. Hiring a florist who is easy to work with will make your wedding day turn up roses!